If you want proof Baton Rouge is a town of traditions, look no further than the Best of 225 Awards. For five years we've conducted our survey on everything that's fabulous and fun about our city, and each year the familiar cream of the crop can be found at or near the top of their categories.
That said, Baton Rouge is no stagnant city. There are a bevy of new restaurants, destinations and people in the mix, while some survey regulars enjoyed handsome leaps in popularity this year. And as always, we've added a few categories and dropped a couple to keep our survey as fresh and dynamic as the community.
In February, we invited our readers to nominate their favorites in 51 categories. We received tens of thousands of individual nominations, tallied them up, identified the finalists and turned over the data to Survey Communications Inc., the local professional market research firm.
SCI then crafted this year's final survey, which was conducted from March 18 to March 28. Of tens of thousands of 225 readers, nearly 1,800 successfully completing the poll after being chosen at random.
SCI's methodology assures that your votes on the best dining, most entertaining venues and events and favorite people cannot be stacked. The results you see are a true reflection of what 225 readers consider the best Baton Rouge has to offer.
Congratulations this year to two lucky readers who completed their surveys, chosen at random to receive $100 cash each: Eric Bradley of Monjuni's on Highland Road, and radio executive and host Jim Engster.
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Bad Guys, Good Eats! Pop-Up Dinner at Restaurant IPO
Chef and 225 contributor Jay D. Ducote and Chef Chris Wadsworth hosted the Bad Guys, Good Eats! dinner at Restaurant IPO Wednesday night. The dinner was themed around famous movie villains, pairing cocktails and ales with plates of food resembling famous baddies like The Joker, Lord Voldemort, Hannibal Lector, and many others. The highlights of the night were the three middle courses—a black bean soup laced with blood sausage to signify Lord Voldemort, a brace of coneys on black eyed peas resembling Sauron, and lamb medallions atop a fava bean puree to pay homage to the famous favorite of Hannibal Lector.
Elizabeth Arkley Hammett, a local nursing student and Fur Ball co-coordinator, and her husband Grey Hammett III, who works in commercial real estate, will take you through our summer guide. And they'll look good while doing it, too. Where noted, their clothes and accessories are available from local retailers.
These swimsuits will keep you stylish all summer long
Better Block BR
On Saturday the two blocks between Bedford and Beverly drives on April 13, 2013, residents will get to see a model of what Government Street could look like if we push local and state officials to update the roadway to a safer, more "complete street" model.